UPDATE! 2013 USS Franklin Reunion in Charleston South Carolina, May 16-19.

Jeannette Haugk confirms that the reunion activities will begin Friday, May 17 at 10am through May 19 at the Radisson Hotel Charleston Airport at 5991 Rivers Avenue Charleston, South Carolina 29406 1-843-744-2501

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Obituary, Howard L. Martin

MARTIN – Howard L. January 12, 2013, beloved husband of the late Betty A. (nee Watters) Martin for 63 years and the late Lucille Irwin; devoted father of Howard R. (Charlene) Martin, Virgil S. (Linda) Martin, Gloria A. (George) Bloom, Kathleen A. (William) Gray and the late James E. Stewart; father in law of Mary Ellen Stewart; loving grandfather of 13 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great- granddaughter; dear brother of the late Anna Mae VonVolkenburg and Fred Martin; also survived by nieces and nephews. Howard honorably served in the US Navy during WW II on the USS Franklin and was a member of the IBEW LU #41. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, February 18th at The Chapel at CrossPoint at 500 CrossPoint Parkway in Getzville, NY 14068 at 11:30 AM. Inurnment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements by the C. MERTZ & SON FUNERAL HOME, INC. Share condolences at mertzfh.com

Published in the Buffalo News on February 10, 2013


Obituary, William McGuire

McGuire, William

Ithaca: William McGuire died peacefully at his home on January 31, 2013. Born December 17, 1920 on Staten Island, NY, he was the son of Edward J. and Phoebe (Sellman) McGuire. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University in 1942, Bill served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Franklin. He then earned a Master of Engineering degree from Cornell University and was appointed to the faculty of Cornell’s School of Civil Engineering in 1949. After 40 years of teaching, researching, consulting, and international lecturing, he retired in 1989 as professor emeritus. In addition to several highly regarded textbooks on structural engineering and awards, he received the highest professional honor when inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 1994. Bill married Barbara Weld of Hartford in 1944, and for 65 years together they offered their hospitality to friends and students in their home in Ithaca and traveled extensively throughout the world. After retirement, he continued to participate in civil engineering activities and Rotary Club events. He is survived by two sons, Robert (Judy) of Ithaca and Thomas (Maria Nieves) of Tucson, AZ; two granddaughters, Christina (Brendan) McGuire Adelman of West Baldwin, ME and Marketa (Zach) Elsner of Lakewood, CO; and two great-grandsons, Cash Thomas Adelman and Elias Weld Elsner. In addition to a close family friend, Helen McGuire Ferriss of Gainesville, GA and Bob’s wife Judy, all were present at his bedside. At his request, memorial gifts may be made to the William McGuire Master of Engineering Fellowship, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University. Bangs Funeral Home will be assisting the family.


Published in Ithaca Journal on February 5, 2013

Obituary, Gerald Ahniwake ‘Ahni’ Ray, Sr.

Posted: Friday, January 4, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 9:05 am, Mon Jan 7, 2013.

The funeral service for Gerald Ahniwake ‘Ahni’ Ray, Sr., 86, of Grants, N.M., will be held on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at 10 a.m., at Compassion Mortuary, 120 N. Third St., Grants.
Ahni, as most people knew him, was born in Hockerville, Okla., on March 22, 1926, to Tom A. Ray and Dee (Crabtree) Ray.  He passed away on New Year’s Day, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.  Ahniwake grew up in Quapaw, Okla.  He served in the United States Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Franklin during WWII. He was a proud member of the 704 Club, and was one of the 704 survivors out of 3,000 servicemen who served on the USS Franklin CV 13.  Upon his return from the service, Ahniwake came home to Commerce, Okla. and married Dorothy June (Conder) Ray in 1947.  He worked in the lead and zinc mines in Picher, Okla., until 1958 when he moved to Grants to work in the uranium mines.
He and Dorothy have lived on Cordova Court in Grants for the past 54 years.  The most important thing in his life was his family and next to that his friends and acquaintances.
We had to say “goodbye” to a wonderful man on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 2013.  He went to meet his Lord and Savior on Tuesday afternoon. He left this earth a happy man and at peace. He fell asleep in his favorite chair and passed on to his new life.  Ahniwake is survived by his wife of 65 years Dorothy: daughter: Geral June Baca and husband, Clifford, of Elko, Nev., their daughter: DeNelle and son-in-law, Christopher Trujillo, grandsons: Dominic and Michael Trujillo, of Grants; son: Steven Baca and wife, Leslie, and grandchildren: Colter and Amber Baca, of Ozark, Mo.; son: Gerald Ahniwake Ray Jr (Jerry) and wife, Mary Jane, of Pflugerville, Texas; daughter: Sandra and son-in-law, Tony Basile, of Orlando, Fla.; son: Jeremy Ray and wife, Mandy, and grandchildren: Shelby and Payton of Pflugerville, Texas; son: Joseph Ray, of San Rafael, N.M.; daughter: Jennifer Ray and Harley Petit, and grandchildren: Alyssa, Morgan, and Henry of Tucson, Ariz.; son: John Patrick Ray and wife, Carolyn; sons: Alan Ray, and Bill Ray and wife, Tina; and Charles Ray and wife, Shayla, and grandchildren Chloe, Chase and Brayden of Elko, Nev.; son: James Ray and wife, Tawnya, of Grants; daughter: Chelsea Ray and Terrance Taylor, grandson Urijah of Albuquerque; son: Jameson Ray of Albuquerque; daughter: Daryl Ray of Albuquerque; daughter: Aleisha Abeyta-Pender and husband, Caleb, of Albuquerque, and son: Adam Abeyta of Albuquerque; and Rachel Gunn of Albuquerque.
Ahniwake is also survived by his brothers and sisters: Bill Ray and wife, Darlene, of Galena, Ill.; John Ray and wife, Nancy, of Galena, Ill.; Vernon Ray and wife, Geraldine, of Clare, Ill.; Shirley Ray, sister-in-law, of Harvard, Ill., and Betty Ray, sister-in-law, of Commerce, Okla.; his sisters: FayeNelle Plummer, of Rocklin, Calif.; DeeAnna McCarthy, of Benton, Wis.; and numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Dee and Tom Ray, and two brothers: Thomas Ray and Charles Ray.

Source: http://www.cibolabeacon.com/obituaries/gerald-ahniwake-ahni-ray-sr/article_9cebf30a-5608-11e2-9cb6-0019bb2963f4.html

2013 USS Franklin Reunion in Charleston South Carolina, May 16-19.

The USS Franklin Museum Association will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in Charleston South Carolina aboard the USS Yorktown.  The reunion is scheduled for May 16-19, 2013.


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